Jacob & Co has taken a leap into the world of cryptocurrency with the launch of its all-new Astronomia Solar Bitcoin watch – a highly complex timepiece that marks the intersection between the historic world of horology and the groundbreaking age of crypto.
As the latest in the watchmaker’s highly coveted Jacob & Co Astronomia Solar Bitcoin collection, the Astronomia Solar Bitcoin has been created with adaptability in mind and uses an adapted version of its classic movement, with a titanium 44-mm case. Subjected to Diamond Like Carbon processing, which coats the metal in a layer of crystallized carbon atoms, this case is as black as coal and hard as diamond.
In true Jacob & Co Astronomia Solar Bitcoin fashion, the watch is rich with complications, with no less than 444 elements in total. Set across two rotating platforms, the illustrative timepiece is adorned with artistic references to crypto and its journey from financial outlier to mainstay payment.
Symbols include a Jacob & Co Astronomia Solar Bitcoin currency logo, a yellow sapphire sun, a diamond moon, a golden earth and a miniature rocket ship, all of which sit alongside a delicately decorated one-minute flying tourbillon.
These elements are all built on to three arms of the second platform and encircled by keywords from the Bitcoin universe. Below the upper platform is the rotating mainplate, which features a fitting integrated circuit microchip design. The top platform completes a rotation around the watch’s center every 10 minutes, and in doing so simultaneously propels the movement’s background counterclockwise every 11 minutes. Not content with this level of animation, the watch’s mainplate also spins on its own axis every 11 minutes.
The entire rotating structure is surrounded by a single-pane sapphire crystal viewing window, providing an unobstructed view of the magic within. A black alligator strap promises unrivaled comfort for the wearer.
Just 25 pieces of this ground-breaking timepiece are available and naturally, payment will be accepted in a cryptocurrency of the buyers choosing – Bitcoin or altcoin – with a real-world value of approximately $348,000.